Postoperative inflammatory reactions to intraocular lense sterilized with ethylene-oxide

Ophthalmology. 1980 May;87(5):385-9. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(80)35220-2.


Postoperative inflammatory complications after intraocular lens implantation have increased since we have been using lenses manufactured by American companies and sterilized with ethylene-oxide, as compared with lenses from European companies sterilized by sodium hydroxide. The possible sources of this complication are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anterior Chamber
  • Ethylene Oxide / adverse effects*
  • Eye Diseases / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / etiology
  • Iritis / etiology
  • Lenses, Intraocular / adverse effects*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Sterilization / methods
  • Visual Acuity


  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Ethylene Oxide